Alexander Hendricks helped Belgium to a thrilling 3-2 victory over India in the second match of the two-league FIH Pro Hockey League tournament in Antwerp on Sunday. Hendricks (49th, 59th) scored twice in the fourth quarter with a 33rd minute goal from Nicolas de Kirpel as the Olympic champions bounced back from a 0-1 deficit to improve India, stunned a day later. After being left Visitors in the shootout 4-5. For India, Abhishek (25th) led India, while Mandeep Singh (60) scored the second goal just moments before Hotter. With this victory, the world champion moved to the second position in the points table while India is at the third position.
India will now face the Netherlands next week.
Belgium took control of the game from the start with a good ball possession and also got the first penalty corner when Sreejesh saved one from his own foot but in the process the ball had to be pushed to the feet of the Indian defender. However, Belgium missed the opportunity.
India had a chance in the 5th minute when the German phantom sent a cross from the right side but Sukhjit sent it over the bar.
During the last stages of the first quarter, India got a better hold and Jograj created an opportunity through the center with a long ball but the visitors failed to finish as Belgium’s defense was at work.
The German Phantom won a penalty corner in the 5th minute of the second quarter but Herman Phantom’s shot was saved brilliantly by goalkeeper V Vinasch.
In the 25th minute, India won the toss and elected to field. Gave
Belgium came back strong in search of an equalizer but the defense was maintained with PR Sreejesh and the second quarter ended with a 1-0 lead over India.
In the 33rd minute, Nicholas de Carpel fed Arthur de Silver and brought the hosts back into the game with a tough fight. A fierce battle for supremacy ensued but India’s defense remained strong, with Sreejesh in particular making some spectacular savings to keep Belgium at bay.
In the third quarter, after Akash Deep got a green card, India was reduced to 10 people.
Things changed in the fourth quarter when in the 48th minute, Surinder Kumar recognized the PC and Alexander Hendricks gave Belgium the lead with a light fast shot that went through Sreejesh’s legs.
With four minutes left in the fourth quarter, India won a penalty corner but goalkeeper Vanasch Vincent put his right hand in the way to dismiss the visitors.
On the embarrassing minute of the hour mark, Belgium took another penalty stroke, much to the dismay of the Indian camp, and Hendricks replaced it, delivering the ball to Sreejesh in the nets to make it 3-1. Done right
However, a fighting India almost ended a robbery when Mandeep Singh outscored the Belgian goalkeeper to reduce the margin.
With just seconds left on the clock, Vivek again hit a thrilling goal at the goal post but it went off target as another thrilling contest came to an end.
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